Southern Books On Our Wishlist

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Southern Books On Our Wishlist


“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” – Mortimer J. Adler

We are always ready for a good book to read! With so many options to choose from just from books being released this year, it’s hard to narrow down which one to start with first. To make it a LITTLE bit easier, we have chosen a select few of anticipated books that we want to dive into with a glass of sweet tea! Also, BRENLEY would love to start a book club with one of these books! So please leave a comment on if you’re interested in a book club & which book you would like to start with for the book club:

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal: This Pakistan version of Pride & Prejudice is a 21st century look into a love story. Goodreads describes the book as ” a charming update on Jane Austen’s beloved novel and an exhilarating exploration of love, marriage, class, and sisterhood.”

The Gulf by Belle Boggs: Hilariously showing the divide between Christians & nonbelievers, this debut book shows the test of a woman’s faith. The main character ends up teaching a Christian-based writing class while dealing with a Christian based investor & a hurricane approaching the town (something that EVERY Southerner can relate to!). 

Southernmost by Silas House: a preacher questions everything he’s ever believed in when tragedy strikes him and his small town & two gay men give him a helping hand. He questions his congregation & wife’s disapproval of the men because of their dating preference, & leans on God’s kindness to help him navigate his new beliefs. 

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates: This book of essays dives deep into the Obama era of the presidency. The book talks about America in the current social, political, and cultural state we are in.

TreeBorne by Caleb Johnson: a history-based novel that tells the story of the main character, Janie Treeborne’s family roots in Alabama. This book reflects how one person’s past affects their present and can direct their future.

The Underground River by Martha Conway: Follow this gripping journey of blackmail, freedom, and love as a seamstress must jeopardize her freedom to save others on the Underground Railroad

Thick & Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom: In a slew of essays, the author talks about how race & beauty intertwines with social & political theories in the U.S. 

Dear Martin by Nic Martin: Following the life of a Black boy attending a predominately white private school, the main character thinks on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy & pounders on the question:  why should you try to be your best in a world that already assumes the worst of you?